Quarterback is arguably the most important position in all of sports. The varsity football team thought they were set at that crucial position until there was only a month left before the start of their 2012 season.
"Our running game has to do well, because our quarterback situation is pretty iffy," said Providence Catholic varsity football head coach Mark Coglianese. "Unfortunately, the kid who should be the starter decided not to come out for football this year."
Junior Jake Godfrey, the player that Coglianese was referring to, gave up on football after starting at quarterback for Providence's lower levels the two previous seasons. Godfrey will spend his time during the fall focusing on baseball instead.
If that blow was not devastating enough, there is no obvious replacement for Godfrey, either. Junior Sam Abraham, who started a couple games for the sophomore team last year when Godfrey was called-up to the varsity, is recovering from knee surgery.
Eric Wojciechowski, previously a defensive back, 'took one for the team,' and is now competing with sophomore former wide receiver Miles Boykin for the starting job. "Over the summer, we noticed [Wojciechowski] had a pretty good arm," Coglianese said. "And in the case of Boykin, it's always good to have a great athlete back there."
However, there is a glimpse of hope, that the Celtics will be able to have a starting quarterback that is familiar with the position. Nate Stramaglia transferred to last year, but after not enjoying his time there, made the choice to come back to Providence Catholic. "Stramaglia played quarterback for us before, but we don't know if he's going to be eligible [due to IHSA rules]," Coglianese said.
Senior Brandon Price, who rushed for over 100 yards in multiple games last year, did not sound distressed over the fact that he will more than likely be relied on heavily. "We've got a little under 40 days to get ready for [the first contest of the season], but I think everything will come into part."
With Wojciechowski and Boykin both still learning the position, and uncertainty around Stramaglia's eligibility, the announcement of the Celtics' starting quarterback may come down to the wire. "It probably won't be until possibly game week, or two weeks before JCA, that we know where all of the pieces will fall into place," said Coglianese.